NFL preseason 2022 Week 2 takeaways and schedule

The Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears started the second week of the preseason on Thursday in Seattle.

Sophomore quarterback Justin Fields looked sharp for the Bears in his lone drive early in the game, while Seahawks starter Geno Smith and the offensive unit struggled to get first downs on their first few drives.

Chicago set the tone early and clinched their second win of the preseason, while Seattle went the entire first quarter without a first down. The Seahawks were finally able to get one on their third drive before knocking the ball off a third time.

Smith, who was vying for the starting job earlier in the season, played the entire first half to make his case.

Week 2 continues with three more games on Friday before concluding on Monday night with the Atlanta Falcons taking on the New York Jets (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Here are the biggest takeaways from Thursday night’s game, along with the rest of the Week 2 preseason schedule:

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NFL Preseason Game Thursday, August 18


bears: The Bears’ opening offensive saw limited activity in a short week and was ended after 10 games in Seattle. Fields chained an opening drive that culminated in a field goal — the first-team unit’s first shot on goal last season — after going 5-for-7 for 39 yards. Fields didn’t have more than three completions on any of his first offensive possessions in 2021 and threw just once for 39 (or more) yards on an opening drive (Week 6 against the Green Bay Packers), a mark of his execution and operation of the offense come.

Fields is under pressure at one of the highest rates in the NFL (44% of his dropbacks) while Chicago is still trying to sort out its offensive line, especially with Teven Jenkins now in the mix to start at right. But we can already see the tendencies of this redesigned Bears scheme taking shape. The anticipation of a big dose of game action and bootlegs showed Thursday when two of Field’s passing attempts came on planned rollouts, including his 19-yard finish to tight end Cole Kmet. Last season, Fields had just 18 attempts at scheduled rollouts, and he finished 78% of them with two touchdowns. – Courtney Cronin

Next game: in Cleveland, 7 p.m. ET, Aug. 27


Seahawks: The Seahawks’ quarterback contest seems undecided after their ugly loss to the Bears. With COVID-19 sidelining Drew Lock for his first summer start, Smith had a chance to extend his lead, but he didn’t take it.

Seattle’s six full possessions (save for the last one in the closing seconds of the first half) with Smith under center ended in five punts (three of them from three-and-outs) and a missed 47-yard field goal. Not that it was all Smith’s fault. He was hit with three drops and multiple penalties. He also had Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf on the field for just one possession, then lost left-back Damien Lewis to an ankle injury.

Smith then watched the second half with an ice pack over his right knee. Lock’s battle with COVID was a major setback in his quest to overtake Smith, but Smith’s overwhelming night keeps the door open. Lock will need a strong showing in next week’s preseason finale in Dallas to convince trainer Pete Carroll he’s the guy – and he’ll likely need Smith to fight again, too. – Brady Henderson

Next game: in Dallas, 8 p.m. ET, Aug. 26


NFL preseason games on Friday

Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots: 7 p.m. ET, NFL Network
New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers: 8 p.m. ET
Houston Texans at Los Angeles Rams: 10 p.m. ET, NFL Network


NFL Preseason Games Saturday

Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills: 1 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts: 1 p.m. ET
Washington Commanders vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 4 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans: 7 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Las Vegas Raiders at Miami Dolphins: 7 p.m. ET
San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings: 7 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars: 7 p.m. ET
Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Chargers: 10 p.m. ET, NFL Network


NFL preseason games on Sunday

Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns: 1 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants: 7 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Baltimore Ravens at Arizona Cardinals: 8 p.m. ET, Fox


NFL preseason games on Monday

Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN NFL preseason 2022 Week 2 takeaways and schedule

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